How To Buy Blue Gemstone Jewelry Without Disappointment

Today I decided we’re gonna talk about blue gemstones.

And I’m also gonna focus on what you can do to avoid disappointments after you buy them.

Tell me the truth, the mere mentioning of blue gemstones made you think about sapphires, didn’t it?

Or was it turquoise?

Either way, I bet you know at least one blue gem, and odds are you like it. A lot!

But first, let me tell you that you have a lot to thank my wife on this one. I had the text for this post all ready to publish when my wife asked about it. As I was showing it to her, it became quite clear that I had to simplify things, and so I wrote it all over again.

You see, one of the key concepts I’ve been putting out there is the concept of “wearability,” that I’ve learned while studying gems, and how that can affect the durability of your gems, and jewels.

Blue gemstones are among the all time favorites but they’re not all alike. In some of them, beauty goes along side with a delicate and fragile nature. That’s why the concept of a gems wearability is so important.

As my wife was going through the text, she was like, “wear what?” And on top of that, she had other doubts that made me question two things:

  1. Is wearability a real word?
  2. How can I make this concept simple enough so that I can help more people?

As for the first question, the answer’s yes. Wearability is a real word, and the definition I’ve found says: “the durability of clothing under normal wear.” Although this definition says nothing about jewelry, I find it particularly adaptable to jewelry, and spot on to what I’m stating here because it mentions “durability” and then it has those final words “… under normal wear”.

Under normal wear, I couldn’t’ve asked for a better choice of words. Really.

Turquoise Necklace, by Pamela Huizenga. A perfect example of how you can wear a softer gem.

As for that second question, “How can I make this concept simple enough so that I can help more people?“, I’m gonna answer it in two ways: some words, and an infographic.

Starting by the words.

The durability of jewels under normal wear – or their wearability – is a topic you should have in mind before you buy that new ring you’ve been craving for.

For every jewel, you’ll have to take into account its design, the metal alloy used, the gemstones on it and their inherent physical properties.  Since I’ve written before on How To Buy and Wear Your Best Jewelry Mindfully, this time I’m focusing on the gems, ok?

When we look at gems, their durability of a stone under normal wear will depend on: how prone that gem is to being scratched; how likely it is for it to get smashed by a hit; or even, what’s the likelihood of it being affected by pollution, perfume or make-up you may have on a daily basis.

Now, I know that assessing all that can be a lot, and that’s why I’ve prepared an infographic separating blue gemstones into two categories. In it, I’m separating the “fragile” from the “robust” ones. Obviously, there’s some degree of over-simplification here, but I want to make this as clear as possible so that you can have a simple reference in mind the next time you go out on a jewelry hunt.

So, without further ado, here’s that promised infographic: 

Blue Gemstones divided into two groups. Fragile gems, that will last longer in earrings, brooches or necklaces. And Robust gems that are more sturdy and resistant to scratching, even when placed in rings. (See photo credits for the gems at the bottom of this post)

Gemstone photos in the infographic were a courtesy of: Apatite, Zircon, and Iolite – Gem Earth | Tanzanite, and Sapphire – Jeff Davies | Lapis Lazuli – Vicenzaoro | Turquoise – Dogtoothcrystal House & Shop | Topaz – John Dyer Gems | Aquamarine, and Spinel – Vlad Yavorskyy | Tourmaline – Gems Glorious | Blue Diamond – Sotheby’s

The fragile gems

Gems in this group belong to those species that shouldn’t be placed in a ring or even a bracelet. Those types of jewels tend to get more exposure to scratching and knocks. The gemstones in this first group, especially if we’re talking about an excellent specimen of its kind, will serve you for many more years in its full splendor if you have them in earrings, brooches or necklaces that stay close to your body. 

Now, should you avoid these gems at all? Absolutely not!

As you’ve seen in the graph, you have some of the most beautiful blue gems currently in the market in this group.

Can you bend these “rules”? Obviously yes!

If you place a more fragile gem in a jewel with a design that gets the stone protected, you can feel more at ease. Another way to do that “bending” is by having that delicate gem you love so much on a big statement ring you’ll end up using sporadically instead of every day.  Should you decide to go this way, just promise me you’ll still take some care, ok?

Blue Zircon from Cambodia, in a ring by Pamela Huizenga. This designer did a superb job. Not only is the ring gorgeous, but she also created a protective setting that surrounds, enhances, and protects the more fragile blue gem in the center.

The robust gems

As for the gemstones in this second group, we’re talking about gems that are more robust, sturdy, and more resistant to scratching. From topazes to blue diamonds, you can place them in rings and other types of jewelry that gets more exposed under normal wear. They might however be more expensive because after all, you’ll be paying more for a jewel meant to last a lifetime in its full glory.

Now you tell me. Which of the gems above called you in? Do you have a favorite? 

And do me a favor in letting me know in the comments if I’ve been successful at explaining this to you. Let me know if I have to re-write it once more. ?

Until next week,

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